Australian Gambling – One down, nine to go. The opening event of the World Series of Poker Asia-Pacific reached its climax yesterday with Australian Luke Brabin winning ‘the Accumulator’.
Remarkably it was just the Queenslander’s 35th live tournament and his first ever WSOP event, with the victory netting him AUD $131,365 and a coveted gold bracelet.
In total 10 WSOP gold bracelets will be handed out over the course of the tournament, which winds up with the Main Event, finishing on October 18.
Brabin entered Sunday’s play as the clear chip leader in the $1,100 NL Hold’Em Accumulator event, with nine other players still in the mix for the title.
During the first 20 hands of the final day’s play, four players were eliminated, before play slowed down.
The next player to be eliminated was Zane Ly, who survived 49 hands, followed to the rail, soon after by Ryan Hong.
This left four players to battle it out.
Stephen Lindeblad was then eliminated in fourth place by Brabin, before things really began to get interesting.
After over 100 hands play, Brabin and Daniel Murphy played out the biggest pot of the tournament with both players having trip 10s.
Brabin had the higher kicker with his 10, 9 defeating Murphy’s 10, 2 and earning him a 1.5 million chip pot.
This left Brabin with 1.617 million chips heads-up against Didier Guerin, who had just 216,000 chips to his name.